Dried cranberries (or raspberries or blueberries)

Maple Syrup

Popped corn (enough for class)


Place popped corn in large bowl. Add walnuts and berries. Mix well. Add syrup until mix is coated. Shape into balls. Refrigerate until syrup hardens.






1 cup molasses

1 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vinegar

1 tablespoon butter

1/4 teaspoon soda


Cook all above ingredients except the soda in 2-quart saucepan. Keep heat low and stir until sugar is dissolved. Increase heat and boil, stirring occasionally, until hard ball is formed when syrup is dropped into cold water. Add soda and remove from heat. Pour out on well-buttered platter. As it cools, keep pulling the edges with fingers, toward center so the edges will not harden before the center. By the time it is cool enough to pull, the taffy will have been pushed into a ball in center of platter. The fingers must be well-buttered to pull the taffy. It should be pulled until it begins to harden, then stretched to form long ropes about 1/2 inch wide. Cut into one-inch pieces and wrap in waxed paper.




This legend is told by Mrs. Snow, a talented Seneca craftswoman


Many, many years ago, the corn, one of the Three Sisters, wanted to make something different. She made the moccasin and the salt boxes, the mats, and the face. She wanted to do something different so the Great Spirit gave her permission. So she made the little people out of corn husk and they were to roam the earth so that they would bring brotherhood and contentment to the Iroquis tribe. But she made one that was very, very beautiful. This beautiful corn person, you might call her, went into the woods and saw herself in a pool. She saw how beautiful she was and she became very vain and naughty. That began to make the people very unhappy and so the Great Spirit decided that wasn't what she was to do. She didn't pay attention to his warning, so the last time the messenger came and told her that she was going to have her punishment. Her punishment would be that she'd have no face, she would not converse with the Senecas or the birds or the animals. She'd roam the earth forever, looking for something to do to gain her face back again. So that's why we don't put any faces on the husk dolls.




Things you need:


Soak about a dozen dried husks in warm water for fifteen minutes. Working on a towel, roll one pipe cleaner to the length of the husk, tying both ends with a beige thread. This will make two arms. For one sleeve, cut a wide husk the length of one arm. gather it around the wrist and tie with thread. Now bring the husk toward the center of the arms and tie in the center. Repeat for second sleeve.

Take two long, narrow husks and tie them together at one end. Place them over the top of the styrofoam ball, tied part to the inside against the ball. Bring the flaps down, spreading and covering the ball. Tie directly under the ball for the neck. Place the remaining flaps under the head, over the center of the arms, one flap on each side, and tie under the arms for the waist.

Crisscross two narrow corn strips over the shoulders, tying at the waist, for a bodice.

For a man, seperate the two lower husks into legs. Tie at the ends. To make a woman's skirt, find two or three perfect husks. Tie around the waist, placing the skirt pieces point up, extending over the head. Then pull the skirt down into position. Trim it to the length desired and tying it into place until it dries.


Other tips:

Cornsilk or combed yarn works well for hair. Just apply hair with white glue.

Bend your doll's arms, body, etc. into the positions you would like them to be in- sitting, standing, arm bent for a bouqet of flowers, etc.

When dried, use a felt tip pen to make eyes.

Use scraps of material to make an apron to complete your doll.

Add a bouqet of flowers in your doll's lap with dried, miniature flowers.

Be creative!!

(source for corn husk doll instructions:




Thanksgiving traditions:


Identify at least one family tradition:




Identify the origin of the tradition:




Identify where you found your information:



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